Dive Zone - Tauranga

NZQA Training Programs

Become a PADI Instructor

... and get into a fantastic new career with internationally recognised qualifications, allowing you to travel or work here in New Zealand.

As a delivery site for The Academy of Diving Trust, Dive Zone Tauranga offers a range of part-time & full-time career qualifications and pathway programmes to provide you with expert knowledge and the highest level of qualifications required to work anywhere in the world. 

With the Academy you will make friends for life, gain internationally recognised qualifications and have the time of your life doing it!

Dive Zone is Tauranga's ONLY approved safety audited dive training facility for OutdoorsMark Adventure Activities



You may be eligible for one year free tertiary through the governments tertiary  fees free scheme , check your eligibility here.

National Certificates

National Certificate courses are available from level 3 to level 6 on a part-time or full-time basis, starting with Foundation (Open Water to Rescue Diver), then Leadership (Dive Master) & finally Instruct (PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor).  

All certificate courses are Student Loan approved to NZ citizens and persons who hold current NZ residency for a minimum of 2 years. International students can also apply for enrolment but will not be eligible for financial assistance from Studylink.

Each National Certificate course is 12 weeks long if studying full-time, but can also be completed on a part-time basis.   

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

This programme encompasses the qualifications of all of the National Certificates in Diving, but the Diploma takes it one step further. Graduates will be certified as a PADI Specialty Instructor, having completed additional training in 5 different specialty areas such as Boat, Deep, Underwater Navigation and more.

During the Diploma course you will learn how to plan and run dive trips, organise and maintain SCUBA gear, interpret weather information, and lead groups on underwater explorations. You will also gain a variety of other valuable skills such as Advanced First Aid, Retail and Sales techniques. Before completing your Diploma we will work with you to develop a targeted resume to kick start your new career as a SCUBA Instructor.

This course also incorporates the Certificate in Medic First Aid Career Instruction course, so not only do you achieve PADI Specialty Instructor status, you will also be qualified as a Medic First Aid Instructor!

This programme runs for 42 weeks from February until November.

How Do I Find Out More?

Simply contact us by email to let us know what level of experience you have & whether you are considering full-time study (Monday to Thursday), or part-time (every second Saturday & Sunday), so we can provide options for you to get started. 

More About the Academy of Diving Trust

The Academy of Diving Trust is registered and accredited as a multi-site Private Training Establishment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), and is accredited to provide education and training in an exciting range of subject areas such as scuba skills, first aid, outdoor education, retail, adult education and more.  The Academy was first registered by NZQA in 1991 and is New Zealand’s oldest tertiary dive provider.

Programmes offered are strategically relevant and approved for funding by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).